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Apple permits iPhone app chronicling US drone strikes to return to App Store [u]

03/28/2017, 12:03 pm

Apple on Tuesday once again approved Metadata -- an app drawing attention to U.S. drone strikes -- for download on the App Store, following a nearly two-year wait after its removal. [Updated with second removal]

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Facebook rolls out Snapchat-like Stories & in-app camera for Apple's iPhone

03/28/2017, 11:03 am

Following a limited test, Facebook began rolling out Stories to all its iOS and Android users on Tuesday, coming alongside a new in-app camera with masks, filters, and other effects.

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Facebook updates Messenger for Apple's iPhone & iPad with Live Location sharing

03/27/2017, 04:03 pm

Facebook on Monday began rolling out a new feature -- Live Location -- to its Messenger apps for iOS and Android, just days after Google announced a similar feature for Google Maps.

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Hands-on: Calendars 5, a powerful yet simple iPhone scheduling app

03/24/2017, 01:03 pm

All Calendars 5 lacks for the Apple faithful is a Mac version -- AppleInsider schedules some meetings to see if that's an issue or not.

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Google Maps gets location sharing for Apple's iPhone & iPad

03/22/2017, 03:03 pm

Google will soon start rolling out real-time location sharing for users of its Maps app for iOS and Android, offering a feature similar to Apple's Find My Friends, or Google's own defunct Latitude.

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Apple's Swift Playgrounds updates with support for five more languages

03/21/2017, 10:03 am

Coming a day earlier than expected, Apple on Tuesday updated Swift Playgrounds for the iPad with support for five more languages, among them simplified Chinese.

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How to use Google's Motion Stills app to be more creative with Apple's Live Photos

03/17/2017, 03:03 pm

Google this week updated its Motion Stills app -- which stabilizes Apple's Live Photos, and enables quick creation of GIFs and short movies -- with support for exporting back to the Live Photos format. Here's how to do that and use the app in general.

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Apple adds permanent 'Indie Games' page to App Store

03/17/2017, 11:03 am

Apple will continue to highlight independently-produced games in the iOS App Store, with a new permanent 'Indie Games' collection accessible within the store, following after a 12-day promotion used to 'celebrate' the work of smaller game development studios.

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Siri competitor Alexa comes to iPhone via Amazon's official app

03/16/2017, 01:03 pm

Amazon on Thursday began updating its official app for iOS to bring support for Alexa, its voice-driven personal assistant, officially to the iPhone, allowing users to ask questions, shop, play music and more.

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McDonald's tests mobile ordering from iOS app ahead of global rollout

03/15/2017, 01:03 pm

McDonald's has started to test mobile ordering of food from some of its restaurants, with customers in areas of Washington and California among the first to try out the iOS app's new feature, which the fast food chain hopes to spread globally later this year.

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Google adds Safari-like 'Reading List' feature to Chrome for iOS

03/14/2017, 05:03 pm

Google on Tuesday updated its Chrome browser for iOS with the "Reading List," a feature mimicking an identically-named counterpart in Apple's Safari.

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Hands On: BusyCal's long development benefits feature set for Mac, iPhone

03/12/2017, 04:03 pm

If you're fine with Apple's free Calendar app, then BusyCal 3.1.5 is interesting just for its long history, but if you need more powerful features, the app is a strong contender for best-in-class.

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Microsoft revamps Cortana for iPhone in renewed bid to take on Apple's Siri

03/10/2017, 01:03 pm

Microsoft on Friday released a promised overhaul of its Cortana iPhone app, simplifying the way the AI assistant works on iOS and making it more practical as an alternative -- or complement -- to Apple's native Siri.

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1Writer 2.5.1 for iPad blurs the line between note-taking and word processing

03/10/2017, 12:03 pm

AppleInsider examines the latest update to 1Writer that brings improved keyboard functionality, plus Dropbox, and Markdown support to the iOS-exclusive writing tool.

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Facebook's latest Snapchat Stories clone, Messenger Day, rolls out worldwide

03/09/2017, 12:03 pm

Facebook on Thursday announced the global availability of Messenger Day, a feature within its Messenger app for Android and Apple's iPhone and iPad that appears to be directly based off Snapchat's Stories feature.

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RBC iOS app update adds pay-by-voice commands to Apple's Siri

03/08/2017, 01:03 pm

Customers of the Royal Bank of Canada can now perform money transfers with Siri, with an update to the bank's mobile app for iOS adding the ability to make payments from their checking accounts to individuals and companies using a verbal command.

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Nine Years of Apple's iOS SDK generated $60 billion, 1.4 million jobs

03/07/2017, 03:03 pm

Nine years ago, Apple released its first Software Development Kit for iOS, enabling third parties to build native apps for iPhone and iPod touch for sale in the iTunes App Store. The program has since generated over $60 billion for Apple's developers and has created 1.4 million jobs related to app development.

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How to add and play podcasts using Overcast for the iPhone

03/06/2017, 05:03 pm

Apple does offer a Podcast app of its own for iOS devices, but for most people, a third-party app is probably where it's at. Here's how to use one of the more popular options, Overcast, on your iPhone.

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Adobe updates Lightroom pro photo apps for iOS with 'Authentic HDR' & more

03/06/2017, 02:03 pm

Adobe on Monday released updates to the iPhone and iPad versions of Lightroom, making various enhancements including the addition of "Authentic HDR," a new shooting mode.

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Google Keep for iPhone and Mac disappoints, imposes profound limitations on users

03/03/2017, 01:03 pm

Even with Google's powerful search, the company's Keep service is too lightweight for serious use, but AppleInsider squeezes the most out of it that we can.

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